As we all know the brand Barracuda belongs to Plymouth and was produced from 1964 to 1974 model year. Plymouth made three generations of iconic `Cuda, where the first generation (1964-1966) had a fast-back A-body type and was based on Plymouth Valiant with distinctive and never forgettable wraparound rear glass. Second gen of `Cuda (1967-1969) was still Valiant based but heavily modified and offered fast-back, notch-back and convertible models. The third generation (1970-1974) was E-body type and no longer based on Valiant, was made as a coupe and convertible and were significantly different from previous models. Now there are rumours that Dodge is picking up where Plymouth ended and continuing the Barracuda saga. Since the Plymouth does not exist anymore Dodge was the next obvious choice as a successor to the name Barracuda, but there will be some changes to the name allegedly, something like SRT Barracuda. So let’s read more about 2017 Dodge Barracuda.
2017 Barracuda engine and specs
According to the information circling around we found out that the new Barracuda 2017 powerplant options might be very interesting to everybody. There are speculations that there could be several options for driving force of this magnificent icon. First is new 4 cylinder 2.4L turbocharged Tiger shark engine, than there is V6 3.6L Pentastar and V8 Hemi for the top trim of the car. But more likely since the Dodge is, allegedly, continuing the Barracuda story is twin-turbo V6 engine as its top powerplant, generating more power than the current 5.7 Hemi but probably less than the 392. Responsiveness should be stronger depending on what technologies are used, an e-motor smaller start-up turbocharger which would provide nearly instant acceleration. Regarding the transmission there are plans for an 8 speed automatic that will be paired with all of above engines and drivetrain will be primarily RWD with a possibility of adding a AWD inspired by new Chargers and Challengers.
The plans from Dodge is to replace the Challenger coupe, allegedly, and that is the main reason that they are attempting to launch 2017 Dodge Barracuda. But if you think that you can expect the same exterior design of the 2017 Barracuda as the Challenger coupe you are wrong. It is supposed to be built on a rear drive platform that is being developed by Chrysler-Fiat alliance for the needs of future Alfa Romero. The new 2017 Dodge Barracuda is supposed to be in the same class as the BMW 5 series, and just from that info we can expect something spectacular. We all know that the Barracuda was a muscle car and it is going to stay a muscle car on the outside too. The buzz is that we can expect beefier and stronger front bumper with the redesigned but still recognizable front lights, scooped hood, redesigned rear quarter panels, deeper and aggressive rear bumper with big double-squared exhaust tips tucked in the more prominent diffusor.
What’s even bigger news is that the current platform is very large and its expected to get shortened by 150 mm in wheelbase and 200 mm reduced in car length. New model will have dimensions similar to the Mustang, and it is expected that it will also be substantially easier, easily achieved using lighter materials and carbon fibre, lighter transmission and interior, its weight will decrease for around 160 kg.
Interior of the new 2017 Barracuda will more likely resemble those from the Challenger and/or Charger. Since this is Chrysler-Fiat joint effort we can expect, according to rumours some fancy Italian design and leather on the dash, sports seats and rest of upholstery. They will probably go for a fine balance between sporty-muscle goodness and elegance as a daily driver. We can also expect that it will be tech packed and despite its planned reduction in size, still comfortable on the long roads. There are also talks about an effort to improve sound isolation in the cabin which will combined with the latest Infotainment system from Dodge largely impact the overall quality for this much expected reborn icon.
2017 Dodge Barracuda release date and price
Release date is yet speculated, but it seems that it seems that it will be at least presented to the general public sometime in Q4 of 2017, but sales wouldn’t start before summer 2018, according to rumours. Price is going to vary depending on the trim and engine you choose which means that it will go from $58.000 – $72.000.
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